A black Mississippi high school graduate sued her school district this week after being forced to share valedictorian status with a white student who allegedly had a lower GPA.
Jasmine Shephard, a 2016 graduate of Cleveland High School, filed the lawsuit against her Mississippi school district, The Washington Post reported Friday.
From The Washington Post:
An African American woman has filed a federal lawsuit against a Mississippi school district, claiming a white student was named “co-valedictorian” with her daughter, despite the white student having a lower grade-point average.
The day before Jasmine Shepard graduated from Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Miss., in May 2016, the school awarded her and a white student the title “co-valedictorian,” according to the suit filed Tuesday in federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi. This was a first in the 110-year history of the school, the suit said, and the decision was made.
But wait, there is even more outrage. According to Shepard, during the graduation ceremony the school expected her to walk after the white student up to the podium. Shepard pitched a fit and the school then allowed her to walk first. All was still not good, because the white student made her speech before the black student.
“Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white. As a result of the school official’s unprecedented action of making an African-American student share the valedictorian award with a white student, the defendants discriminated against, says the lawsuit.
The thing is, both the white student and the black student had the same GPA and that’s the reason why they shared valedictorian honors. The WaPo is completely aware of this fact and yet still chose to frame this as a racist hate crime:
An attorney for the Cleveland School District called the lawsuit “frivolous” and said the students “had identical grade point averages.”
“As such, under school board policy, they were both named valedictorian of their graduating class. The district’s policy is racially neutral and fair to students,” said the attorney.
The problem is, the black girl’s mother feels like she knows what the white girl’s GPA really is and explained it with this completely nonsensical statement:
“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school. We know the schedule, we know what they take, and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies,” said Jasmine Shapard’s mom.
“A child, when they earn honors, they are entitled to receive them. There is no inclusion in the Cleveland school district. When the district wants something, they just take it,” said Shapard’s mom.
Basically the black girl’s mom, who has no access to the white girls grades or school records, can feel it in her racism bone that something sinister is going on. She simply can’t accept that a white girl is also a high-achieving student, and that in of itself is racist.
The other racism comes from the liberal media that is treating this as an outrage. The impression they are trying to give is that a racist Mississippi school is robbing a black girl of recognition of her academic achievement. The WaPo even points out that Cleveland is a small town where railroad tracks separate the blacks and the whites.
The suit asks for unspecified monetary damages and for Jasmine Shepard to be declared “sole valedictorian.”
Co-valedictorians is not an uncommon thing. There is also no shame in sharing that honor. This is just another case of black people trying hard to find racism where it doesn’t exist and a desperate attempt to portray themselves as victims. If the worst thing that happens to this black girl is that she is the class valedictorian, she’s going to be just fine.